Murder case filed against OC Pradeep, 28 others

Murder case filed against OC Pradeep, 28 others

Hamida Akter, widow of salt trader Abdus Sattar, who was killed in a reported crossfire in 2017, on Wednesday filed a complaint with Maheskhali judicial magistrate’s court for the killing against the then Maheskhali police station officer-in-charge Pradeep Kumar Das and 28 others.

Maheskhali senior judicial magistrate Abbas Uddin, however, passed no order after hearing Hamida’s complaint.

Hamida prayed for treating her complaint as a first information report of a murder case for killing her husband by Pradeep and his associates on February 14, 2017.

She filed the new petition during pendency of her writ petition filed in 2017 seeking a High Court directive to the government and the inspector general of police to record a murder case against Pradeep Kumar Das, who was recently suspended as Teknaf police station officer-in-charge, and the 28 people, including five other police members of the Maheshkhali police station for the killing of Sattar.

Hamida said in her petition that Pradeep and his associates picked up Sattar from his house at East Mazerpara village under Howanok union under Maheskhali police station and shoot him to death at Lombasiha, a hilly area of same union.

The accused people include sub-inspectors Haronur Rasid and Imam Hossen, assistant sub-inspectors Monirul Islam, Sahedul Islam and Azim Uddin and Mohammad Ferdous of the same village, who was reportedly is gang leader and informer of Maheskhali police.

Lawyer Shahidul Islam appeared for Hamida before the court.

The Appellate Division on May 13, 2018 asked the writ petitioner Hamida Akhter to take steps for rehearing of her petition by the High Court.

Hamida showed no interest to move the case since the Appellate Division had scrapped the High Court’s directive to record a murder case against Pradeep for killing Sattar.

Sattar’s crossfire matter surfaced following the suspension and arrest of Pradeep over the killing of retired army major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan in police firing on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf marine drive on July 31.